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A NETWORK OF COMMUNITY COMPOSTING HUBS

We want to build a network of composting hubs right across Auckland, to give everyone the opportunity to compost and help keep organic waste out of landfill. We want to make it even easier for everyone, including those who don’t have the use for compost at home, or the space to make it. 

We currently have three Community Composting Hubs running as pilots, to evaluate how best to meet our community needs:

HOPE TEACHING GARDEN, RIVERBANK ROAD, NEW LYNN and ECOMATTERS ORGANIC TEACHING GARDEN, OLYMPIC PLACE, NEW LYNN supported by EcoMatters.

For more information please contact Amanda: amanda@ecomatters.org.nz

ENGINE BAY NURSERY, HOBSONVILLE POINT supported by Kaipātiki Project.

For more information please contact Judith: gardenhub@kaipatiki.org.nz 

Looking for an existing community compost hub in your neighbourhood to drop off your food scraps? Check out our information about donating to community compost hubs here. 

SET UP A COMPOSTING HUB

Keen to set up a community composting hub? We have the following support available to help you get started:

COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FUND

Keen to help support your community to compost locally? Thanks to Auckland Council, Compost Collective has funds available to help support you. 

The Community Composting Fund is created to help people to compost food and garden waste locally within their own neighbourhood. Communities to us are schools, organisations, businesses, basically anywhere where the people in your community can come and drop off food scraps for composting. 

Anyone based in Auckland can apply to the Community Compost Fund, which can be used for expenses like:

  • Contribution towards (large scale) composting systems
  • Equipment to help manage your composting systems, such as turning forks, thermometers and weighing scales (for data collection purposes)
  • Composting signage (we have templates available if needed) 
  • Safety equipment 
  • DIY solutions

QUICK RESPONSE FUND

To apply for the Community Composting Fund, fill in the online application form below. Applications are open until 31 March 2022 and will be processed on a weekly basis, so you’ll hear back within seven business days if your funding is approved. 

When completing the application form below, please give us as much information as you can about your organisation /school and the specific costs you’re likely to encounter. We want to make sure we can support your composting hub with adequate funding or with other free resources if your application is successful.

REIMBURSEMENT

Once your application is approved, you can go ahead and purchase your items. You will then need to complete our accountability report and send this to us, together with your receipts and photos of your hub. We will reimburse the agreed amount of funding once we have received and approved your receipts.

FOLLOW UP

After receiving the funding, we will follow up two months later with a simple 5-question survey, to see how you are getting on and if there is anything else we can help you with. Collecting and recording your landfill diversion data, and completing this survey means we can help you with continuing support and will unlock further free resources or additional funding, for example if you would like to expand your hub in the future.


REQUIREMENTS

  • Funding is available for hubs in the Auckland region
  • Up to $500 funding is available per composting hub
  • Hubs must register on ShareWaste NZ as a host accepting food scraps
  • Funding is not available for systems that are for private use only
  • Wages/contractor payments are not eligible for reimbursement
  • We will connect you with your local Compost Collective Facilitator, so they 
  • can offer you ongoing support and advice 
  • You must fill out our follow-up survey which includes sharing your landfill diversion data in kilograms
  • You must have a process in place for accepting food scraps from the community, which includes following all essential health and safety guidance, including for COVID-19 alert levels when necessary. EcoMatters has also developed health and safety risk assessment templates for large scale bokashi, worm farm and composting systems.

If you have any questions about funding, please get in touch with Myrthe at myrthe@ecomatters.org.nz.